October 24, 1985 |
Iceland's female president joined tens of thousands of female employees and housewives who walked off the job today in a mass 24-hour protest against male privilege on this island skirting the Arctic Circle. Groups of disconsolate men crowded into hotels in the early morning after their wives refused to cook breakfast for them and most of Iceland's telephone switchboards were left unstaffed.
September 30, 1997 |
Dinner was deliberately light fare--acorn squash soup and lamb, with dessert of green-apple sorbet and berries. Guests described the evening as cozy and autographed each other's calligraphic menus as souvenirs. But conversation at the opening session of this powerful new group with members from four continents centered on weighty world problems, from human rights to environmental dangers.
August 19, 1987 |
And now, from the feminists of Iceland, who have historically startled the world with the vigor of their periodic uprisings, comes the Women's Alliance, their most ambitious undertaking yet. The Alliance is a political party for women only. Its officially stated purpose is to see that women win their "fair share" of power in government, and, in its more moderate moments, it doesn't say that men are inferior to women, only "otherwise."